This budget stuff is tricky. I did something completely different this past week, we bought meat enough for 2-3 weeks. I still plan to buy fruit and veggies on weekly basis. It is scary because I spent about $300 on food last week and I really hope it lasts. We are still making changes to our diet every week, which makes it really hard to stick to a buget. One week we eat eggs, the next we don't. We generally stay away from dairy, but I love cheese. Meat is always up for debate. Grains at our home have become gluten- free and much more important, but we still buy bread to make the kids sandwiches with. They do not have a big problem digesting wheat, only me. So with all these new things that my husband and I are trying to implement, some which work and some that don't, it really makes sticking to a budget hard. I am also finding that star items like raw cacao and hemp seeds really muck up the budget. I find when I splurge on these things I save money...??, but the initial bill is a shock. It seems to work out that if a splurge on making homemade goodies I don't buy the more expensive commercial alternative.
I also find myself trying to make a mental spreadsheet of groceries. For example I try to keep track of which store has the cheapest almond milk. I really want to make an actual spreadsheet of these things, but that seems like a huge project and I don't know what good it would do me.
I did figure out that for about the same price I can buy organic chicken thighs for the same price I can buy conventional chicken breasts. So back I go to Whole Foods because it literally makes me cringe to feed my kids commercial meat at home. I don't stress myself out about meat too much in public, but I feel like at home is totally my domain and I need to be as healthy as I can afford. So that has become my struggle. Finding out how healthy I can afford to be.
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